Check your privilege at the door nurse

March 01, 2018

Many Australians are in uproar today after it was revealed nurses and midwives should acknowledge their “white privilege” when treating Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders as part of their Code of Conduct.

The Cairns Post reports this move by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – exposed by Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives – forces nurses and midwives to agree that simply being born white is a bad thing.

Australian Conservatives have been urging Australians to voice their protest about the change - and you can add your name here.

White privilege is generally defined as people with white skin having unearned advantages over people of different-coloured skin, and it’s a theme pushed mainly by those on the left of the political divide.

But the proponents of “white privilege” ignore the fact Asians in Western countries are better off than their white hosts in a range of categories.

Asians and Australians of Asian descent are exploding the myth that not being born white makes it tougher to succeed.

So if they are doing better than whites, surely the hatemongers should be attacking them too, but they don’t and this exposes them as simply anti-white racists.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show more people with Asian ancestry are on higher incomes than third-generation Australians and a far greater percentage of people of Asian descent have university degrees.

The Australian Burerau of Statistics was asked to provide incomes of people born – or who have at least one parent born – in Japan, China, South Korea and India.

Then it was asked to compare incomes with third-generation Australians with at least one person at home who speaks English – about as close to “white” or “European” as you can get but not exclusive to whites.

Let’s call them TGA – third-generation Aussies.

The ABS figures show 13.6 per cent of people of Japanese descent are on about $104,000 a year, 11.8 per cent of South Koreans, 10.2 per cent of Chinese, 14.6 per cent of Indians and 11 per cent of TGA.

On $400,000 or more we get 0.2 per cent (J), 0.2 per cent (SK), 0.2 per cent (C), 0.3 per cent (I) and 0.2 per cent (TGA). This trend is reflected across the income spectrum, but there are fewer Asians as a percentage earning $50K or less than TGA.

Also about 10 per cent more Asians graduate from university than TGA.

Of course income and education are not the only indicators of how well different races are doing, but it must be an indicator in determining if “whiteness” confers an advantage.

Activists claim “privilege” includes factors such as Band-Aids only coming in light skin tones.

Try convincing the Asians on $400,000 a year that not being able to get a Band-Aid in their skin tone is holding them back. Maybe they just use the clear strips or the Spider-Man ones and get on with their day.

This edict for nurses and midwives is the sort of radical left-wing ideology that has entrenched itself in important positions of public policy influence all over the world.

It shows a belief that Western (read: white) culture cannot be a source of pride, even though it’s responsible for many of the world’s most significant achievements.

Thomas Sowell – a black American – is one of the more brilliant theorists on society, climate change, economics and taxation. He says: “What ‘multiculturalism’ boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.”

It’s clear that the only people pushing racism, racial division, race hate and racial identity politics are the people claiming to be racism’s biggest opponents.

They should be called out for this hypocrisy and consigned to mere bitplayers in matters of public policy rather than gifted positions of such influence as the Nursing and Midwifery Board.

Head of the NMBA, Lynette Cusack, says the code was formulated in consultation with nurses.

But breakaway nurses’ union, the Nurses Professional Association, slammed the code. So do nurses agree with the white privilege clause or not?

Either way, the NMBA should not demean hardworking staff by forcing them to be part of contrived culture wars, and should immediately delete this section from its code.

Nurses and midwives who disagree should also be up in arms publicly because the Code went “live” this morning.

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